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>> good to have you with us. we begin with the very latest development in the crisis in the arab league from several gulf countries wrapped up a closed door meeting in key troe calling for an international effort against the syrian people. congressional leaders begun scheduling hearings for the coming week on president obama's request to launch a military attack. in syria, president bashar al assad said his country will confront any aggression against his nation. libby, secretary of state john kerry made the rounds on national television this morning. did we learn anything new? >> reporter: secretary kerry was
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everywhere this morning to make his case. both to the american people and journalists and to members of congress about why he thinks the u.s. needs to act. he says he has new information on samples from first responder, people on the ground in east damascus. he says they really have some tpraof behind them. >> we have signatures in their hair and blood samples. the case is growing stronger the by the day. i believe as we go forward in the next days that congress will recognize that we cannot allow assad to be able to gas people with impunity. >> reporter: secretary kerry repeating refrain that we eve heard from him in a couple days ago oh. we also heard from the president yesterday that the united states has a moral obligation and political need to take a stance
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against the assad regime because what he says is new evidence. >> secretary kerry said many years in the senate with his words. what words is that sending to congress? >> congress is pushing back because members were making the rounds as well to get their point of view out u in front of the american public and they had questions for the secretary and wondered if he was put in an awkward position. we heard from secretary kerry on a friday. his reasons the for why the u.s. should act then you heard the president take a step back yesterday and go to congress. but the secretary of state said no, we are of like mind. vy the president's support. e need the congress to move forward and see the way that we are thinking. now he has relationships on the hill with the democrats especially on committees like foreign relations so he'll be making likely personal out reach to members as well. the question, though, is whether or not congress will really respond. they had their interest intel
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briefing on the today. we saw members in and out of the hill and we did hear from some of them about what their perspective is and it's really a mixed message. we're hearing a wide range of opinion about what the u.s. should do next. >> and i don't believe that my former colleagues in the united states senate and the house will turn their backs an all of our interests on the credibility of our country. on the norm with respect to the enforcement of the pro businesst has been put in place since 1925. >> so secretary kerry said colleague you've got to be listening to our message from both the white house and from the both from the sec the tear of state. the question will congress really respond? >> that is the million dollar question if you will. libby casey in washington. >> the u.n. secretary general asked the team to speed up their
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analysis. a spokes person said samples taken from syria will be sent to several laboratories in europe on monday. he also said those responsible for the attack should be punished. >> the secretary general took note of the announcement by president obama yesterday on the referle to congress. i can tell you he regards it as one aspect of an effort to achieve a broad-based international consensus on measures in response to any use of chemical weapons. use of chemicals will not be accepted under any circumstance and there should be no impunity and any person traytors must be held accountable. >> the possibility of a strike on syria has many american concerned especially those with family members serving overseas. jim is in colorado springs, a town with strong military ties. >> reporter: in the shadows of pike's peak, people here are proud to show their support and now their concern.
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his 21-year-old son is in the air force and been deployed twice to afghanistan. >> i don't want him to go back over to war and a chance of losing him. then again that's why we have a military. >> reporter: she's like many people in this military town. the air force academy is here and thousands of soldiers train here at fort carson. you don't have to go far to find people who have family or friends serving the country? >> i don't see the upside. >> he runs a cajun restaurant where the sauce is hot and so is the talk about a possible a i tack. >> it seems like all they're trying to do is teach them a lesson that they're not going to learn anyway. >> reporter: roughly one in five people work in a job related to the military and many have felt the separation of fatigue spent months in iraq or afghanistan. >> reporter: he sees the possible strike from the veteran's point of view. >> if we do, let's go in and do
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it. we don't put a limitation on the people going over there and they get fired on in case they fire back. >> i that it's a bad idea. i think we need to let syria take care of themselves. i think obama made a mistake when he drew a line in the sand and now he doesn't know what to do. >> reporter: this military mom sits on pins and needles worried about her air force son and where he could end up next. >> he needs to stay here and take care of our own. >> reporter: she just found out her son is now preparing for his third deployment overseas. al jazeera, colorado springs. people in san francisco are protesting any military action with syria. protestors there say any none put toward a potential war with syria will be better spent on issues like education or health care. more than 200 people took part in the protest. in other new, dense smoke is limiting efforts to fight the california rim fire. the smoke was so thick this week end that fire fighting aircrafts
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were grounded. dense smoke also blocked yosemite views for holiday visitors. visitors were asked to scale back outdoor activities. the fire has knew burned 350 square miles. ford is recalling almost 400,000 cars that are at risk of losing the power steering. the 2005 to 2011 cars include a crown victoria, mercury grand marquee and lincoln town car. they are being recalled in two dozen states. car owners are urgeed to go to their dealerships for repairs. the ford motor company is making good on teupbs propromise to create more jobs in the u.s. they rolled out their new line of se dance being built right here in america. >> reporter: there hasn't been much to cheer about in detroit lately. but for the first time the new ford fusion rolled off in an
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asemily line in the u.s. ford added a shift at its flat rock assembly plant few miles south of detroit. with it, 1400 new jobs and over $500 million in investment. >> we would like to thank to work with ford to grow manufacturing jobs here in america. >> reporter: fusions start at $22,000 until now they were only made in mexico. but with sales is up 13%, the plant there can't keep up. most of the new jobs pay $15.78 an hour. competitive with mexican factory workers. but veteran ford workers at the flat trobg plant make nearly twice that now. still workers we talked to sounded is enthusiastic. >> we're obviously adding another shift and actually two shifts so it's all good. plus it's an american-made car, too. that's another great thing. >> reporter: good news considering a couple years ago the same plant which also
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produces the mustang nearly closed when production nose-dived. >> we've had some dark days here. this plant was actually out on the chopping block. we decided we're going the roll up our khrao*efs and make ourselves attractive for new investment. >> reporter: the over # 350,000 fusions will be built this year. the 1400 new hires will put ford more than 75% ahead of its goal in creating 12,000 jobs in the next two years here in the u.s. al jazeera, detroit. hello again. i'm meteorologist kevin corriveeu. we were telling you about a storm making big problems for parts of taiwan. i want to go back in a little bit. in 7 day's time we have seen
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17 inches of rain on the island right here. the southwestern part of the island and it's really taking the its toll. take a look at the pictures of the damage. the ground was so saturated. we have steen massive mud slides and landslides as well as flooding going on. this picture right here is a still from the video cam of a car as a landslide was coming down on to the highway. now, we do have some more problems to talk about. it is going to be our next storm -- this is the 15th storm in the u.s. to the pacific this year it already pushed over the northern part of taiwan, left a little bit of rain it is only a tropical disturbance. now the system is moving the up towards japan. we will watch that carefully over the next day and see where it goes. how much rain it also dumps in parts of the area. we expect to see rain in parts of california across the areas that have been burned out. this has a little bit of good news, a little bit of bad news. it could bring some rain to the area. the bad news s lightning as well
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as potential over hereof flash flooding. remember, a lot of places are burned. we have a lot of erosion that will happen. we will bring you new detail thopbs later on in the hour. >> kevin, thank you. former south african president nelson mandela is now back at home after months of being treated at a hospital for various illnesses. the 95 year-old remains in critical condition. >> reporter: nelson mandela has moved to the comfort of his own home after nearly three months in hospitals. but he is still in a critical condition and at times his health sun stable. sop an ambulance son stand by just this case he deteriorates and has to be rushed to the hospital. but he's receiving the best care possible. part of his johannesburg home has been converted in to an intensive care unit. the medical team have also relocated. >> review his case every 12 hours. there's a medical decision they
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made and he will not interfere with those oh decisions at all. and they have decided that they have the house so that he can are receive proper intensive care just as he was receiveing in the hospital. >> reporter: the news have been welcomwelcomed by many people h. >> you though when you are around people than really love you and care you can feel the attachment and the energy just flowing. he will recover if he's meant to recover but when the time comes, the time comes there's nothing we can do about it.. it's a good idea. i believe he stil we still needr hero alive. >> reporter: he survived his 95th birthday last month. he won the hearts of millions of people when he e emerged from 27 years in prison wanting reconciliation not revenge to
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vently become south africa's first black president. mandela's grandson says the family is celebrateing his return home and touched by the outpouring of prayers and messages is of report they have received from all over the world. they may allow the family a little more privacy but it will also reignite the level of spw*efrinterest in the health on who is still gravely ill. mandela has not played any role in public life for over a decade. despite his fragile health, south africa drew strength from knowing that he's still with them. johannesburg. legendary broadcaster sir david frost has died. he was 74 years old. his family released a statement saying he died of a heart attack while on a cruise ship. in the '70s he received reck nation's for his water kpwaeut
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interviews with president nixon. he also held interviews for al jazeera. lawrence lee has more. >> welcome to cross over the world. -- >> by the time david arrived on the street in al jazeera he had become a true global star, a man -p whom celebrities actually wanted to be interviewed by even if they knew it might be uncomfortable. >> so far it's been pretty much a disaster. he was equally at home signature across hamid kharazi. his charm, his preessence, he was impossible not to like. despite the fame, he also had as much time for time in the corridor as he did serving a prime minister. >> amazing because of the amount of people that he dealt with on a daily basis. people he knew on first-name terms from the top of the world
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from statesmen, celebrities and he was still just an ordinary guy. really a nice man. >> reporter: david cameron says: >> also making his name in britain in the 19 1960s, his mt famous interview with richard nixon when the american president admitted he betrayed his people. that's posed something in frost's genius in understanding how people operate and getting them oh to reveal themselves. >> one of the reasons he was in touch with people were thinking is he didn't like going out of his way to meet people.
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he was awkward with people and that awkwardness and that clumsiness is one of the things that closed him off from knowing what the public were really thinking. so sit was those personal flaws that come through. >> prime minister, thank you very much. david frost's legacy is unique in television and in journalists. he's also an entertainer known on both sides of the atlantic. anyone who was anyone would have been flattered to be offered a frost interview. anyone in the history of tv who can make that claim. al jazeera, london.
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stay with us. stay with us. stay with us. stay with us. the young folks. >> what are the laws going to begin to take effect? >> reporter: the laws do not go
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more than one million japanese took part in a nationwide drill testing the country's preparededness for the next big disaster. japan marks national disaster prevention week every year on the date of the earthquake in 1923. the disaster drill dealt with a scenario of a massive earthquake south of toke yes. meanwhile in japan's
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fukushima power plant have draftcally. the chemicals are deadly enough to kill someone exposeed in a matter of hours. >> reporter: this is extroeu extraordinary news. they measured the radio active level on that as 100mili readingings per hour it's 18 times hire than that at 1800 oh per hour it' enough to kill someone who is in within pour hours of standing near this radio active hour. also discovered, it's not the only leak that's gone at this point it's discovered highly radio active leak from one of the pipes that's collecting two of the cooling tanks. the japanese government is calling on international experts to step forward an assist them with containment of this problem at fukushima. >> we'll get an update on this
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situation at fukushima later this evening. when the chairman gives a briefing, we expect that to happen in five hours at 11:30 p.m. eastern. al jazeera will bring you the conference live as it happens. as the u.s. economy gains steam, a number of industries are beginning to benefit. some in the country's farming community are taking advantage of the healthier cash flow by funneling cash in to high-tech gagets. adiane reports, the good times might not last forever. >> reporter: the blower, deliver seed here just like a vacuum. >> reporter: in decatur, illinois this week, farmers around the world are gawking at nor fuel efficient combines costing more than a $250,000. it gives a bird's eye view of crop. >> see the hail damage where that might have occured. anything where you don't want to
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walk several yards in your field you can fly out there to the matter of minutes. >> and tractors in to cruise control. >> this will maintain that field speed with the proper gear automatically so you don't have to manually keep shifting the depending on the field conditions you're in. >> reporter: in the past decade improved technology in virtually every aspect of farming from software to equipment to seed have helped farmers produce more food and make more money. and that's encouraged them to spend more on new products. but some warn the times could go bust. farm economyist says bio fuel production is now shrinking. at the same time crop production overseas is take off. that combination could lead to lower grain prices and skimpier income for farmers. >> if the price of corn drops $2 to $4 in the next couple years with normal weather they will
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lose $ $1 or $1.50 per bushel. >> reporter: he says he's skeptical about making any new investment. >> probably very conservative until i see how things are shaking out. they are a lot lower than they are today. >> stewart is content to browse instead of buy. al jazeera, decatur, illinois. well, we're here with your sports headlines an serena williams looking to avoid up the set at the u.s. open. >> that's right serena williams definitely the queen of the court but did you know there's another american that wants to be your leading lay the canes. remember the 20-year-old stevens beat serena earlier this year but night on center court serena would get her desrepblg becauser
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revenge. serena is moving on to the quarterfinals. andy murray also on center court today and is far -- winning straight sets to advantage in to the round of 16. let the phaous eub play, florida a&m famed band the march 100 returned to the football field for the first time in nearly two years after the hazing death of a drum major. and the band anothering their horns today because florida a&m would go on to win. 27-10 is your final. great day all around for florida a&m. >> thank you. many of the 164 men still being held at guantanamo bay detention center used to call yemen home. they are indefinite detainees. fault line correspondent traveled to yemen and met with the family of one of those men.
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in yemen the news that obama lifted the t has raised those. he told his family that when he returns from guantanamo bay after more than a decade he wanted to get married. >> reporter: his brothers went so far is to tphrapb role he will take on in the advertising shop they run as a family business to help him respe grate in to society then they learned that he's on the list of 4-6r indefinite detain niece. 46 of them from yemen. [ speak arabic ]
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[ speaking ai speaking arabic ] >> reporter: they want to know why if the s*us convinced he's a dangerous enemy combat, he won't be tried. [ speaking arabic ]
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>> an interesting debate. coming up, a school where students don't read books. instead they use ipads almost components of the aljazz mission.
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welcome back to al jazeera. secretary of state john kerry says the case against the syrian government is growing stronger by the day. speaking on the sunday morning talk shows, kerr are i also said
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he believes congress will not allow syrian president bashar al assad to quote gas people with impunity. protestors in american cities like san francisco disagree. at least 200 demonstrators argue the tax money to war this in syria argue it should be spent on education and health care instead. >> the japanese government says it's taking a stronger role in the clean up of a plant which was severely damaged by an earthquake and su tsunami in 20. day streu>> david frost has. his family says the 74-year-old died of an aheart attack while on a cruise ship. as congress prepares to have
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possible military action in syria. the general is asking the u.n. to speed up analysis. samples are being sent to several laboratories on monday. secretary of state john kerry says there's already enough preliminary evidence the convince congress to act. >> we have signatures in their hair and blood sams so the case is growing stronger by the day and i believe that as we go forward here in the next days, the congress will recognize that we cannot allow assad to be able to gas people with impunity. >> but leaders in egypt and germany have said they won't take part in syria and concerned military action could further destabilize the region. we are joined by professors robert pate and john.
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good to see you, gentleleman. i want to start. the president has laid out his case and he did it effectively. >> he laid out the case that there's been a gas attack that's for sure but not the end game. in the case of iraq we had bad intelligence on wmd. here, the it's the opposite. there's reasonable evidence that gas was used. the question is, what's the end-game and the limbed strike option is probably the worst of all possible words it' two weeks to actually fend the strong signal of resolve it's too weak to tip the balance in the battle of what's going on in the civil war but it's strong enough it could make matters worst because it plays in to assad's strategy of painting himself as a victim. he's not a leader like saddam hussein. he's not a military leader wearing uniforms like gahdafi.
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he tends to paint himself as a victim even when he's using terrorism and this medium-size strike could fit in to that and push him closer to his international alliest russia, china and iran. >> when we're dealing with the different ethic groups as well. >> exactly. we'll talk more about d this won't even touch the under lying demographic problems which are making this conflict so difficult to resolve. >> yes, the things and shiite muslims. we saw demonstrations in turkey today in favor of the regime and against the american the strike by tu are rks and many of them who have some confused with syria on those. they are on those religious grounds. iraq is ruled by shiites.
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that points the different ethic groups by the different colors in the region. what are we looking at here? >> what we're seeing here is not just suni and shia. were seeing the kurds in the north. they the green. we are seeing the sunis they are the yellow. they are a shia-related group the light blue. we are also seeing the red that's the christian and we're seeing the the purple and those are the drews. they are not just their different groups but live in messy areas. they are messy, they are mixed together and that enter mix settlement pattern we have seen before. we so seen it in bosnia and baghdad and it tends to create an internal dynamic. once killing gets started, it tends to feed on itself because
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those different groups tend to be vulnerable to each other and for security reasons they tend to want to take more territory, control their pri their prim tel have an incentive to do so. only 234% o 23% people who liven syria have been mobilized and led to hundred thousands of deaths. the average civil war goes on to six years. we have gone in to this over in to two and this could go in to it a number of years and could be more people dieing because of the settlement. what does syria look like once the civil war ends? >> the question is when the civil war will end. it could go on for many years. it's taking up arms and have not yet mobilized and could be drawn in to the fighting over time.
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it's the ball ki balkins. it's a decade in a half. the community gives some thoug thought. >> is assad regime is desin grated. i do it would be possible for the regime to control the country ever again. simply not forward. so what we're faced with is not exactly assad. he is definitely a problem and a bad guy. wear faced with -- we're faced with this fundamental instability in the country. if we have a chance to go pack to the map we will look at what could be system alternative future policies for syria. you see there are parts of syria where we don't have these enter mixed settlement patterns that i'm describing that are so
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dangerous and tend to spiral out of control. >> this is why air strikes won't work. we need but pao*t boots on the . exactly. they would need respoerss we didn't have. and when paots ar when we have n the ground we become the enemy. >> there's no military solution here at all. the united states sun wise to get involved. the problem with missile strikes is it will give the rebels hope that the u.s. will come in military and will prolong the conflict and allow the raoe re shaoepl that it's fighting -- regime to say it's fighting foreign force. it will fla will play the interl card. >> i appreciate it. certainly appreciate your time. thank you. >> thousands of people in the turkish cities have marched against possible u.s.
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intervention in syria. the protestors called for a peaceful resolution to the syrian crisis and at odds with the foreign policy. president said on friday that any intervention should be aimed at over throwing the syrian government. egyptian state tv said mohammed morsi will stand trial. morsi is accused of inciteing violence that led to the deaths of 7 people outside the presidential palace last december. 14 other members of the muslim brotherhood are to be tried alongside him. no trial date has been set yet. morsi's trial is the latest move in a crack down with politicians allied with the muslim brotherhood. he's been out of the public eye since pushed out by the military on july 1st. thousands demonstrateed this weekend protesting his plans to eliminate the government's my me
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monopoly on oil and gas. the companies don't have resources to explore in deep water. legal immigrants cannot serve on jurys even though they can own their own businesses an serve in most political offices. that could soon change in california and not everyone is happy about that. jennifer london reports from los angeles. >> reporter: in california, lawful immigrants play a critical role in the legal system. they serve as witnesses, attorneys, even judges but they can cannot serve as jurors. the state assembly is trying to change that. sayinging there's a need to create juries that reflect whiter society. >> we want that pool of people to consist of all elements of our community. we're at least in california we have many non- citizens that are
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living here. i'm looking for ways to improve the delivery and access of justice for everybody who lives here. >> reporter: undocumented immigrants will still remain inel eupblible to serve it will open the jury box to more than three million potential jurors. potential jurors like anthony skordi. >> i think it's great that us as green card holders should serve jurors because we pay taxes and have to follow the years. >> reporter: skordi says while he's happy to his rights expand -z as a legal immigrant, he's not looking forward to serving. >> it takes time out of my day. i have other commitments. as every pod else does. >> reporter: aside from someone's personal feelings about serving, a leading jury
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consultant said as a matter of public policy allowing non- citizens to sit on a jury sa bad idea. >> if you have somebody who is coming in who is not a citizen, they are going to have a very difficult time understanding the norms, the various things that are important to us in our judicial system. so i'm saying that any defendant should have the opportunity to have somebody else who is a united states citizen to serve and decide their fate whether it's in a criminal case or civil case. >> reporter: the majority of republican law makers also oppose the measure. he offers his position on the asemily floor august 22. >> where do we become opposeing on other people who are choosing to work here and go to school here the responsibility that a citizen has. there's a problem with judicial
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system? is there a shortage of having people offer our citizens serve on juries? last year nine million citizens in california showed up to serve on juries. only 165,000 of them actually served. so there's no problem about trying to get people to serve on juries. the complex question of whether legal immigrants should serve on jury should be answered quite simply it could very well become law. jennifer london, arizona, los angeles. justice made history this past saturday night. she became the first supreme court justice to officiate the same-sex marriage. she married at a ceremony at the kennedy center for performing arts. he ishe voted in favor of gay marriage.
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>> college football takes off this weekend across the country and with it the return of the florida a&m university marching band. two years after the hazing death of one of its drum majors. >> . and serena williams was in the spotlight of the u.s. open but another american was trying to steal her thunder. the. next.
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ph*l. for the first time since one of its members died in a hazing incident the florida a&m marching band has taken to the field. the band was suspended after two years after drum major robert champion died in 2011.
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there were criminal prosecutions. and the president of the university resigned. the marching 100 were back as florida a&m defeated mississippi state 27-10. al jazeera's robert ray has more on the hazing controversy. >> reporter: this week end, college football is back. and so is the florida a&m marching band. >> i'm comfortable with the decision that we've made to lift the suspension. >> reporter: interim president dr. robert robinson took over the hazing death of robert champion. he says they are ready for a combat. >> we have a standard that we believe will be emulated by others. >> reporter: the school has taken seven the measures since the death of robert champion including a a new student code of conduct, an anti-hazing web-site and minimum grade
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standards that members need to keep. >> this on-compass. the moral was low. it was boring at the games. people were not coming out to support it was tough for the whole student body not just the band students. >> reporter: back in 2011 this marching band was 400 plus. today they are less than half of that. >> the numbers are in the 1960 t*z when former trombone player was marching. today he is the new band director. he has tried to change the culture. >> hopefully we're coming out of that much smarter and much grown up than we were to that. it's a totally different mind set in being a student in the stands. >> reporter: meanwhile prosecutors have brought charges against 15 defendants for the sa advantagsavage death of robe. prosecutors are pushing for jail
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time for those still charged. for the family of robert champion they are seeking an undecember closed compensation from the university from the death of their son. still on the streets of tallahassee, home of the university, most people are happy for the return of the band but -- >> a death occured and on the one part you say, "yeah, it's too soon" and on another part you say "give them another chance." >> reporter: and that chance comes this weekend when the band more famous than its football team performs in orlando at the start of the season. robert ray, al jazeera, tallahassee. >> so, looks who's back. a big day at the u.s. open. >> big day. big day and night.
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it's an epic battle between serena williams and sloan stevens. this is the future of the american tennis. she's one of three woman to beat serena this year. these lady haves had a rocky relationship t-fr since sloan beat serena at the australian open. sloan in the far court feeling the pressure because she was hitting it wide as serena. remember serena has won 16 grand slam titles and she's the defense secretary donald defense secretary donald the defending u.s. champion. check tout foot speed there. serena will go on to win it in straight sets. that's to the quarterfinals. and serena once again proves that she's the queen of the court. >> it definitely feels like a big match because sloan is such a great player. how excited are we for the future of american the tennis,
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right? yeah, it's such a good player so i felt like something bigger. the whole time tried to do to stay calm and relax and have fun and just stay composed and thank you guys for cheering. i heard you. there's a lady over there that was cheering really hard. so thank you very much. >> as for your defending men's champion, andy murray also on center court today and he sparkled. one in the first in the tiebreak and was turning the it on wining in straight sets advancing to the round of 16. this is a different andy murray here. win in the past year will give you some swaggar. >> i'm just glad the expectations are higher but not as much pressure to me on win. i feel a lot more comfortable coming in to these events more than i did last year and hopefully with have another good
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run. he's a very tricky opponent. he played a lot of strange shots and takes your time away. >> yeah, it was hot outside and we were inside the n the air conditioning room. will it be a september to remember for the pittsburgh pirates. remember the pirates have not won a play offs since 1992 but yesterday they upgrade there had roster. today he is in the line up and won one for three in their day butte as the pirates look to sweep the st. louis cardinals. allen craig rips an rbi signal as they are for three runs in the first. st. louis has gone on to win 7-2 and as a result the cardinals are tied for first place in the nl central. ovejustin has won 7 straight gas against sleeve *f cleveland. do i hear eight? as he struck out six batters in
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7 shut out innings it was scoreless ball game in to ninth inning but the indians with the bases loaded for mike and he was hit a grand slam believe it or not. they would win on to win it 4-0. there it goes to snap their 7-game skid against the tigers. we are heading out to thailand because there's a competition that is bringing on a new perspective. everyone is fighting for the title best behind bars. >> this is a sports competition with all the usual excitement. but it's an added incentive is excused. the coaches are all convicted criminals serveing is long sentence in thailand's prison system. they have the right for the title for best. hind war bars.
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it will provide skills they can use on the outside. >> translator: being involved has made me more disciplined. i felt better thaeupb was outside. being able to akphao*ef something makes me a better person and gives me something to look forward to. >> reporter: hundreds have come to the bangkok prison which is the largest in thailand. the competitors are able to enjoy a unique and welcome mix cough slow freedoms under close guard. the coral is merely a passing distraction. >> they have become something of an annual from reprieve for the inmates taking part. far brief moment they can forget about normal prison life. but despite the atmosphere the prisoners say they never forget why they are here. this is a ten t*t year the event has been held and it will be the last as an inmate. he'll. released next month and wants to review his boxing
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career which saw him win two professional world titles in two different weight classes. that was before he was jailed for dealing drugs. now he seems himself as a role model for other inmates. >> >> translator: i had an opportunity to box out side prison and have my status reduced. >> reporter: those who have found boxing champions win the chance to train and compete beyond the prison walls. it will also. armed with a newly found the mistake for life. al jazeera, bangkok. the competition everywhere but the big star in sports serena williams defeats fellle low american sloan se sloan stet the u.s. open. pope francis is now overhauling some laws to try to rebuild credibility.
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>> reporter: change may be running out for the vatican. the roman catholic church has had their share of trouble to deal with. it is from one section abuse scandal to the next and face accusations that it did more to cover up the crimes than punish the prerp traytors. the over ruling some of the vatican's code have been a point of you are gincy. the changes the legislation only deal with members of the clergy who live and work outside the vatican city. it has been the changes of laws concerning child abuse a crime that now carries a punishment of 12 years in prison and a hefty fine. >> translator: the church has changes but -- the question is how much of the blow will really be? >> reporter: the vatican signed up for u.n. convention back in 1990 but has taken it 23 years
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to toughen up the its own laws on crimes against minors and comes after years of dealing with the reprocushion of the sexual abuse scandals between church. there's a sense that it's too little too late. >> i think that we are reluck rt to put their hands up and accept the responsibility for all the abuses that happened all the world. this is a small step in the right direction. >> reporter: and the fall out from the thraebgs continue to cast its shadow and explosive scandal emergeed when documents stolen from pope benedict xvi from his butler. >> new the new legal state that anyone -p who reveals or receives is confidential information risks up to 8 years in prison as well as a fine. the church may be taking steps towards close back its credibility and changing the laws might address some of that damage if it has to abide by its
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words. al jazeera, vatican city.
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